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Mourinho starts Alli as FPL managers hope for Kane resurgence

Jose Mourinho has named his first XI as Tottenham Hotspur manager, with few surprises in the ex-Chelsea and Manchester United chief’s selection.

Harry Kane (£10.8m) unsurprisingly leads the line, with FPL managers set to keep a keen eye on the England striker’s positioning under his new boss.

Dele Alli (£8.4m) looks set to line up as the ‘No.10’ in a likely 4-2-3-1 formation.

On the midfielder, Mourinho said yesterday:

“I asked him if he was Dele or Dele’s brother. He told me he was Dele. ‘OK,’ I said. ‘Play like Dele’.” – Jose Mourinho

Son Heung-min (£9.6m) and Lucas Moura (£7.0m) should staff the flanks either side of Dele, which leaves contract rebel Christian Eriksen (£8.7m) to warm the bench alongside Danny Rose (£5.4m).

“I need to understand what is in Christian’s mind and heart.” – Jose Mourinho

Paulo Gazzaniga (£4.5m) is between the sticks as Spurs’ only fit senior goalkeeper, Brandon Austin on the bench. The Argentinian could potentially provide a budget source of points if Mourinho has the desired effect on what has been a leaky Spurs defence up until now.

Jan Vertonghen (£5.2m) is not part of the matchday squad due to injury, so Toby Alderweireld (£5.4m) is partnered in central defence by Davinson Sanchez (£5.3m).

Serge Aurier (£4.8m) gets the nod at right-back, while Ben Davies (£5.4m) makes the XI after impressing for Wales over the international break.

Harry Winks (£5.3m) and Eric Dier (£4.9m) make up the remainder of Mourinho’s initial XI. Tanguy Ndombele (£5.9m) also misses out through injury.

Manuel Pellegrini has stuck with under-fire keeper Roberto (£4.4m) despite several unsatisfactory displays between the sticks for the Hammers.

Mark Noble (£5.0m) has recovered from a knock to take his place in midfield, behind attacking trio Andriy Yarmolenko (£5.9m), Robert Snodgrass (£5.2m) and Felipe Anderson (£6.8m). Pellegrini could use a variation of formations ahead of his back four, most likely 4-2-3-1 or 4-1-4-1.

Angelo Obgonna (£4.5m) replaces Fabian Balbuena (£4.3m) at centre-back, while the other change for the Irons sees Pablo Fornals (£6.0m) drop out for Yarmolenko. Michail Antonio (£6.9m) has recovered from injury to make the bench at the London Stadium.

Line-ups

West Ham United XI: Roberto; Cresswell, Diop, Ogbonna, Fredericks; Rice, Noble; Yarmolenko, Snodgrass, Anderson; Haller.

Tottenham Hotspur XI: Gazzaniga; Davies, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Aurier; Winks, Dier; Son, Dele, Lucas; Kane.

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1,162 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Mikel Arteta
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    It feels good to do bold moves. James & Aguero out for Son and Rashford. Soyuncu and Lord Lunstram benched.

    Pope
    TAA Rico Targett
    Mane(c) KDB Son Mount
    Vardy Rashford Tammy

    1. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Good ebening.

    2. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Rash will blank. Kun hattie

  2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Good luck all.

    Scouting job on Moura for me this morning.

  3. Make America Greta Again
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Jose was always a fan of Dier, who despite being a dreadful footballer, could be worth a punt as a cheapie.

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      No way. He's a DM. Might as well get Jorginho. At least you get PKs.

  4. Agbonlahorse
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Answers to this greatly appreciated guys, for a cheeky side bet.

    Most likely to get a goal this weekend:

    Richarlison
    Lacazette
    Jiminez
    Calvert Lewin

    1. StayoutheSpiceZone
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      78%
      99%
      58%
      1.78%

    2. Halftime
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Rich

    3. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Rich

    4. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Rich

  5. Fred54
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Can't believe Jose has shunned Lloris. Ego taking over already.

    1. Tokyo Locomotive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      He's injured and can't play?

    2. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Low quality.

      1. Fred54
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        I apologise, not my usual standard of good natured banter.
        Not in a good place and I should know better.

    3. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Fishing?

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Got you 😉

  6. StayoutheSpiceZone
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Pulled the trigger

    Pope
    Lund ake Robbo
    Mane kdb (c) mount Pulisic
    Laca Vardy Tammy

    Locked and loaded ...

    Can only be one thing ... red arrow!

    1. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Did you bring in Laca for a hit?

      1. StayoutheSpiceZone
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Yes in place of greenwood

        1. StayoutheSpiceZone
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I just have a feeling that he’s going to score a few over the next few weeks

        2. badgerboy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Bold move! Hope it pays off for you.

          1. StayoutheSpiceZone
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Cheers man

            1. StayoutheSpiceZone
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Need a bucket full of goals at 5:30! 8-6 or something like that

  7. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    So Neale clearly knows what he is talking about: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/143/history

    1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Has that ever been in doubt? He's brilliant

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        He's the real deal.

        Maupay is an interesting choice up top.

  8. Optimus.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    @OptiJoe

    Tottenham have never a lost a match when Lucas Moura has started and they've kept a clean sheet. Underrated.

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      well that's a new one

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      lol. Tottenham have never lost a match when I've been sat on my couch prone and they've kept a clean sheet.

    3. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      No team has ever lost while keeping a clean sheet.

      1. Optimus.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        😯

  9. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Hate it when I bring in a new player only to find rivals have both captained him 🙁

    1. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Yeah,that always takes the shine off a new transfer.

      I had no such worry's when i brought in Héctor Bellerín this week though. 😉

  10. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Still no Vardy for Mark.

    Luckily he has brought in Maddison to cover his points.

    Don't listen to LTFPL .... coverage works. The very best FPL managers do it.

    Sterling (c) for Mark.

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      good luck to you Mark

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      It’s certainly an interesting game of chicken that Mark (and all Vardy non owners) are playing

      It’s just a question of who swerves first - their teams or the relentless points juggernaut that is Jamie Vardy since 26th Feb’19

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Vardy will be £10m soon. What will Mark do?

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Time will tell... I remember in pre season saying that a big reason I was so interested in Vardy for this season was actually as much Brendan Rodgers rather than purely Vardy himself

          It’s not all that long ago (well 6 or 7 years, but time does fly) that Rodgers took a different premier league team to within inches of a title, with another extremely talented striker reaping extreme FPL benefits from being Rodger’s attacking talisman

          We kept expecting that striker’s output to relax a little that season, but he just kept going and finished with 31G 17A from the 33 games he was allowed to play after his massive ban for an extremely unsavoury incident with a local rival had finished

          I don’t think Vardy will finish with quite that many returns obviously (say what you want about Mr. Suarez’s temperament and disciplinary record,p, but he was/is an EXTREME once in a generation talent... although he also had the FPL price tag to go with that which Vardy doesn’t have to shoulder)...

          But equally Vardy must already be on 25+ returns from Rodgers 23-ish games so it’ll be interesting to see if that regression does arrive or does the Rodgers factor keep him ticking

          Either way he’s already paid his way and then some for those who got in at 9.0 anyways

          1. FPL Virgin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            The comparison with Liverpool's SAS season is so valid. Just like then, Rodgers had no European midweek games and had 7 days prepare for each game.

            If you look at Vardy's FPL Goal Involvement since Rodgers took over, it's simply staggering. The points aren't being shared between Sturridge and Salah this time. Vardy is hogging them all.

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Exactly - and even those who are holding off in anticipation of “regression” - it may not be wise - it’s a very broad term and it could drive folks to lose sight of the fact that “regression” in isolation isn’t necessarily always an automatic negative for pure FPL purposes

              For example, Vardy could go from scoring 92 points in his first 12 games, to scoring 82 in his next 12 games...

              That would be a “regression” (of over 10%!), and it also would be a direct regression specific to his FPL points into the bargain (rather than an indirect regression to one of his underlying statistics, such as goal conversion which isn’t directly linked to his FPL points)...

              But even with that “regression” he’d still be churning out points like nobody’s business for a 9.0

              It’s a tricky situation for non owners at the minute for sure, but I’m sure Mark has a thought process behind it

    3. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Coverage is a state of mind. You can own the second most expensive player on a team and it not be coverage.

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Coverage works. There was a scientific study on it in the community articles and it proved this conclusively.

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 25 days ago

          What I'm saying is Mark just think Maddison is a better option than Vardy. Coverage presupposes a superior asset.

          Where it works is defenders who share one.

    4. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Imagine believing in coverage in 2019

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        As I mentioned above, there has been detailed statistical analysis to prove that it works.

        1. FPL Virgin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          If Mark is doing it, then it must work. Simples.

          1. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Mark just bought Maddison. You're the one claiming he did it to cover Vardy 😆

            1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 25 days ago

              This

          2. Woy_is_back
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Finished licking his balls 😉

        2. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Mark is not doing it because of "coverage" ...

          1. FPL Virgin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Oh please. It's a textbook coverage pick to minimise the damage Vardy does.

    5. au hasard Marvin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Coverage is nonsense. Unless Maddison gets as many points as Vardy then he is not coverage.

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        so he is coverage if he is coverage? got it

    6. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      You will not get anywhere in this game doing what everyone else is doing and Mark knows that.

      His skill will shine through as the season goes on i am sure.

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Agreed. He's the special one ... when it comes to FPL.

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Or he's just lost the plot and is just playing for fun taking wild picks. Time will tell!

      3. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        The Rashford and Martial double up is clearly his secret weapon.

        Not sure I would put so much faith in OGS though.......

    7. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I don't think Mark is avoiding Vardy. He probably just has a hard time with his structure fitting him in.

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        I imagine he will be doing Rashford to Vardy soon.

    8. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Vardy goal conversion:

      19/20: 44%
      18/19: 23%
      17/18: 28%
      16/17: 25%
      15/16: 21%

      Got to be some risk of mean reversion!

  11. Blanka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    If Kane looks fire, and Salah not involved. How's this look for free?

    Salah, Jimi out

    Martial, Kane in.

    1. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      No wouldn't do that. Salah could hurt you badly with those fixtures once he's back

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      No

  12. Sailboats
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Which do you prefer?
    Son and Ayew (Ayew perma bench)
    Or
    Kane and Nakamba (Nakamba perma bench)?

  13. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Worth a -4 next week?

    Digne, Wilson & Pukki -> Tomori, Vardy & Ings

    1. Sailboats
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Yes imo

    2. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Good moves

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I like that ... can you get PVA rather than Tomori?

      1. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Nope - exact cash for the above

  14. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Still in international break mode... wish it was longer

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Blasphemy

  15. Lukakus Unit
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Called this lineup in a previous thread (well, I picked Ndombele over Winks, but he's out).

    Davies over Rose.
    Alli as the #10.
    No Eriksen.
    Dier back in the line up as the "Makelele".
    Son and Moura on the flanks.

    I'm also guessing Aurier is on a very, very short leash.

    Kane, Son, Alli and Gazza could all be template-breakers from now on.

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Gaz, Aurier, Davies triple-up confirmed

      1. Lukakus Unit
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Davies could be one to watch (although I don't like his price tag). He's produced assists in FPL before, and Spurs will definitely be tighter at the back now.

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          yeah I already have the other two, would be a bit mental to get him aswell but he's probably the best pick of the 3 if nailed

          1. Lukakus Unit
            1 month, 25 days ago

            IMO, he's nailed if fit.

    2. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Could you elaborate on the Aurier case? Who is going to replace him and why

  16. Shaw must go on
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    i was too late to update team.
    Rico and Aurier playing and Lundstram and soyunco on bench!!!! 🙁

    i´m in a bad mood already... good luck lads

    1. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      You'll be fine buddy

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      you could have made a case for doing that anyway imo, GL

  17. Silecro
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    I knew I should have captained Gazzaniga...

  18. Brooksy86
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Come in Harry! Get in that 6 yard box lad!

  19. Lord Flashheart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Anyone else could not decide on cap and went with kdb (c)?

  20. Cilly Bonnolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Would you get Martial or Pulisic? Got Abraham and no United attackers if it makes a difference.

    1. korbendallas82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Maby best to spread between teams. But Pulisic do look like a fun prospect.

    2. Lukakus Unit
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Martial has never brought me anything but heartache and pain.

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I have Martial looking to get Pulisic. I think Martial is likely better because he's nailed. Pulisic is potentially a rotation and injury risk.

  21. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Someone just sent me a screen shot of Dele Alli’s tweet from
    2012;

    “Surely I can’t be the only one who thinks Mourinho is overrated and cocky.. it just make you look like a bad manager. I’m glad I’ll never have to work with him”

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Its fake, breaks the old character limit for a start.

    2. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Oops 😆

  22. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Let's weigh up my pre-GW transfer options:

    2 FTs:

    Son + Pulisic
    Firmino + Pulisic
    Rashford + Alli

  23. Fred54
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    So, so surreal seeing Jose in the Spurs dugout. Will take a long while before this sinks in...and of course I'm not even a Spurs fan!

  24. Amey
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 25 days ago

    GL all !!

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Same to you bud. gl.

  25. DGW Sane TC Fail....
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    i have no clue how Aurier has survived. i mean look how Jose threw Luke shaw under the bus and he's a league above Aurier.

  26. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Magnus Carlsen played his WC!

    Gazza
    TAA Soyuncu Lundstram
    Mane (c) Salah Son Martial
    Abraham Vardy Mousset
    Button Dendoncker Tomori Reid

    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/1908330/event/13

    1. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Meh template

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Guess Salah isn't template or Son
        Mousset is a good pick too with the fixtures IMO

    2. Lionel Ronaldo
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      WTF is that wildcard team lol

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      That's a very good team he has. I like his picks. Doubling on Salah and Mane also something I'm very much thinking about. This week will show!

    4. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      from next week onwards that team is epic, might just copy it

  27. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    The resurgence starts today.

    Xhaka is back.

  28. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Mourinho out....

    Too soon?

  29. BIG TONES
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Dropping Eriksen is a very good move from Mourinho. He's looked disinterested the whole season and lowering the standard of the midfield

  30. Judeksi
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Great to see Mou back!